Associate School Library Media Specialist Certificate, Alternate Route (for those without NJ Instructional Certificate)

This online program is designed to enable candidates who do not have a New Jersey teaching certificate to obtain New Jersey certification as an Associate Library Media Specialist. The program requires the completion of 24 credits of specifically approved courses as listed below, one of which includes 150 hours of supervised field experience in a school library media center. In addition, the program requires the completion of three specific education courses to provide the necessary teacher education background for working in a school library.

The program focuses on developing the school library media specialist as a teacher, instructional partner, informational specialist and program administrator in grades preschool through 12. Principles of knowledge, understanding and application are addressed in every course and are assessed by professional application projects, field experiences, and case studies. This certificate program is for candidates who do not have a NJ instructional certificate.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline:

August 1st: Fall semester
December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis


*International students are advised to apply by:
April 1st: Fall (September intake)
November 1st: Spring (January intake)

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • College of Education DAP Group Interview
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Contact Us

Dr. Ellen Pozzi
Program Director, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies
Phone: 973-720-3784
Office: 1600 Valley Rd. Rm 4089 
Email: pozzie@wpunj.edu